Movie Review: Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

  Tonight I was finally able to watch the adventure/comedy/drama Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016). I received it through the mail with my Netflix DVD subscription since Redbox was failing me. This movie surpassed the hype. I give it the rating: Must See Movie.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople got the Must See rating twice

  Ricky (Julian Dennison) is a troubled thirteen year old foster boy that has one last shot at finding a permanent home before he is carted off to juvie. Bella (Rima Te Wiata) excitedly takes him in. Her husband Hector (Sam Neill) is quite a bit more reluctant to the situation. For once Ricky feels wanted and welcomed. When Bella passes away Ricky is again in danger of being carted away.

  This story is so heartwarming. While child welfare tries to sell us that Ricky is such a bad kid we learn a lot about all of the hardships he has had to endure already. The way Ricky opens up to Bella and later Hector is so natural I never felt the writers were trying to sell the characters. We also learn later on about the adversities that both Bella and Hector had to withstand. I felt very attached to these characters and was so proud of the amount of growing they did throughout the film.

  This film is so multi-faceted. Of course I cried a couple of times but I could not help laughing (sorry neighbors!) at the witty dialogue and situations our characters found themselves in! Ricky and Hec end up being wanted fugitives as the film progresses and find themselves hiding out in the forest! They come in contact with some pretty interesting people along the way, too!

A beautiful film

  I am not very knowledgable about the technical aspects of film but I did love so many of the shots! The color and scenery were both beautiful! My favorite shot was in the beginning of the movie when Ricky tries to run away and he gets lost. He gets turned around and is in some part of the screen but then turns up in another corner.

  This movie is great for the whole family! It is funny, daring, and touching! If you have a hard time finding it to rent, I think a purchase would be well justified! It isn’t often that I want to re-watch a movie as soon as I finish it but this one fit the bill!

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